Many years ago, I was asked by my commander to set up a print shop on one of our NATO bases. I had the equipment we would need, loaded it on one of our transport aircraft, and flew to this new base with two of my printers who would be working there.
During my time there, the only American flags I saw were the one flying over our headquarters, the one at our ambassador’s office, and the ones being burned by protesters.
It made this old boy sick.
I was very glad to get back to my home base.
No one was as happy as I was when the United States closed the base and my printers returned. One of the reasons given for the base closing was the burning of our American flags.
One of my printers got married there, and when I returned to the states a year later his new wife had not been given permission to leave that country.
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.